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46  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Spycraft 3e demos in Oklahoma on: March 13, 2015, 08:27:18 AM
Say it with me: "It's just a day trip. It's just a day trip."

I actually looked at it and discussed it with the wife but it's not gonna happen.  Thanks for the invite though.  If you make it down to Houston some time, let me know.
47  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Players looking for a FC GM on: March 12, 2015, 12:39:33 PM
Though it was a comedian who said it, there's some truth to this: cats were worshipped in ancient Egypt as gods. We may have forgotten but they have not.
48  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: March 11, 2015, 12:44:49 PM
"That does seem to be a good opening.  Were we are voting, that would be my choice."
49  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: March 10, 2015, 10:25:41 PM
Lars smiled.  "Not that I don't enjoy a good fight but I'm getting used to this stealthy approach."  He then kneels and offer a prayer on behalf of the Knot dedicating their battle to his master.
50  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: March 10, 2015, 10:23:18 PM
Here's an interesting video from CGP Grey about thought germs and their dangers.  It makes sense in context.

What I found interesting was the end of the video where he talks about the self reinforcing nature of the thought germs.
51  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Spycraft 3e demos in Oklahoma on: March 10, 2015, 10:20:50 PM
I'm close enough I could drive to TwisterCon were it not for pesky RL responsibilities like work and a wife and children.  None-the-less, I'm glad to hear some news; I'm liking what I'm hearing. 
52  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: March 10, 2015, 09:57:31 PM
Been lately preoccupied with large amounts of not giving a shit, but here's a topic:
http://news.yahoo.com/feds-abandon-plan-ban-popular-rifle-ammo-175810302--politics.html

AP ammo is just good fun?

It's not (legally*) AP and never was.  The feds concocted an ass-pull reason to try to declare it such so they could restrict it.  A casual reading of the law in question puts the lie to their reasoning.

* You could argue that it has some AP properties but hell, any rifle bullet going through a long barrel at short to medium range will penetrate body armor without plates.  You can't argue that the rounds in question were covered by the as-written statute.

EDIT: ninja'd by multiple folks.
53  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: March 09, 2015, 12:46:15 AM
Wait... That's an established genre?  Huh?

Yes, though a niche one.
54  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: March 08, 2015, 09:24:28 PM
Anybody else catch the premier episode of Dig on USA?

(click to show/hide)
55  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: March 07, 2015, 12:02:36 PM
I've hit the point of boredom with the management aspects.  Not enough automation and little payout.  Am I missing more interesting options somewhere?
56  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: March 06, 2015, 11:32:32 AM

How can this be so addicting?
57  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: March 06, 2015, 09:28:18 AM
Point. That was the re-type after losing the better but longer post. Basically he wants to charge the "heart" for use as a bonus against the priest or the Archon later. Hence, my request of not letting it turn to munchkinism. Perhaps a temporary nullification of priestly abilities.

Sorry, completely forgot to reply to this. In short, these guys are pretty much a bunch of nobodies in the grand scheme of things. At best you'll get a couple difficult checks to create a fairly weak one-time item (on the tune of +1 to a save against Mitran magic).

Priests, Paladins, Angels and other powerful beings are much more useful in this manner, though they'll already give Reputation rewards (and in the case of angels/supernatural beings, crafting materials), though they're also a good place/way to invoke some divinely fuelled Narrative Control...


So, we ready to move on? Anyone got some business in town or should we move out? And what is the gameplan for the assault?

Got it.  That's fine.  It helps me draw some boundaries for later use.

No, nothing in particular.  Feel free to move ahead.
58  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: March 03, 2015, 03:46:06 PM
ludo: You can do most of that no problems... hell, you'd basically do a couple of those anyways (dedicate your victories to Asmodeus, ritually sacrifice prisoners) but I'm kind of at a loss as to what you're trying to accomplish here.

Point. That was the re-type after losing the better but longer post. Basically he wants to charge the "heart" for use as a bonus against the priest or the Archon later. Hence, my request of not letting it turn to munchkinism. Perhaps a temporary nullification of priestly abilities.
59  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: March 03, 2015, 02:10:55 AM
Could Lars do the following?  That is, assuming that it's not
a) "non-Asmodean" or
b) cheesy / munchkin.

1. Create a giant circle of power around the ambush site.  Perhaps by scratching a shallow trench into the ground to form the shape of the Asmodean symbol.
2. Locate a "heart" in the center.  Perhaps his own holy symbol, a specially prepared rock ... something.
3. Dedicate the coming battle to his master.
4. Fight alongside the Knot and kill the soldiers of the patrol.
5. Imbue the sacrifice into the "heart" for later use.

Possible obstacles:
1. The sacrifice might not be adequate / powerful enough.
2. Asmodeus may well expect his priests to deal with it on their own.
3. Thorne's plans may not matter to Asmodeus in this particular.

Possible reasons:
1. Asmodeus may like the elements of treachery and forced sacrifice.
2. Having Lars vow to take out the priest and/or Archon may well sit well with him.
60  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Players looking for a FC GM on: February 27, 2015, 07:34:15 AM
Background:
Tor Alathus grew up on the edge of Andoran lands on his family's farm.  He was captured by slavers when he was around 14 or 15; he's not sure anymore.  They held him for three years having him do manual labor and the occasional fight.  He tolerated it for as long as he could.  One night, he prayed for his freedom and called on Cayden Cailean for the strength to free the halflings that had been recently captured, having no thought of himself in that instant.  His bonds broke: he was free and so were they.

They walked through the camp and saw that all the captors had drunk themselves into a stupor - violating the Accidental God's precepts on alcohol.  They slew their captors and escaped over the border back to Andoran.  Tor tried to sign up for the army but his halfling friends had noised the story abroad and he was invited to join the Eagle Knights - specifically the Steel Falcons.

At first he had simple chores: cleaning stables, brushing horses, polishing armor, etc.  As time progressed he was schooled in sword fighting, riding (though his instructor often compared him to a sack of potatoes) and other arts of war.

One night, he was drinking in a tavern with a small shrine to the Drunken God.  He overheard an argument about a bar tab and found himself launching into an impromptu sermon on the evils of debt and its hold over people.  Some even whispered they saw a shattered manacle on his wrist as he spoke.  His commanding officer reassigned him to independent, detached duty and shipped him off to a priest he knew.

Now, Tor travels far and wide to spread the importance of freedom, the evils of slavery and the faith of Cayden Cailean.


Stern (human) Fighter Priest
Folk Walker (30 ft)

Attributes:
STR - 14 (12 +2[Stern])
DEX - 12
CON - 13 (14 -2[Stern] + 1[Fighter])
WIS - 14
INT - 12
CHA - 14

Proficiencies and Tricks:
Blunt
Hurled
Edged (forte)
Cheap Shot
Whirling Strike
Mix Up (Trip)
Shove
Relentless Attack [from Stern]

Class Skills:
Acrobatics - 2
Athletics - 2
Bluff - 2
Impress - 3
Intimidate - 3
Medicine - 2
Notice - 3
Prestidigitation - 2
Resolve - 3
Sense Motive - 3

Origin Skills:
Ride* - 1
Survival - 2

*Ride focus = Riding Mounts.

Alignment Paths:
Liberation I [Priest Core Ability] - (grants Iron Will)
Heroism I [Beneficent Universe]

Feats:
Iron Will (Path of Liberation I)
Armor Basics from Fighter
Fencing Basics (Career Level 1) (I'd like to reserve the right to change this if needed.)

Gear:
Rapier - Alignment Weapon - free (we'll style it as the weapon he used to liberate himself from his captors)
Reinforced Moderate Padded armor (DR1, Cold 5, Edged 2, DP 0, ACP 0, Speed 0) - 50s
Rations - 1 pack / 7 uses - feed self - 5s
Booze - 1 bottle? / 3 uses - reduce Shaken by one grade - 15s
Doctor's Bag - Use Medicine - 20s
Backpack - +2 STR for carrying - 10s
Tent - Heat/Cold 4 - 10s
That's 100 sp.  If I can have a few more things ...
Torches (5) - Dim light (30 ft radius); 1d4 fire - 2s
Whistle - signal (1 mile / 500 feet out/in-doors) - 2s

Languages and Studies:
Andoran language
Andoran Culture
Alignment: Cayden Cailean
(I'm away from my book at present so I'm going off memory; however, I think it's Native language, native cluture, + INT mod (min 1) additional items.)
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